ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Chris Kirk survived a wild back nine Sunday to win The McGladrey Classic, with the help of a big mistake by Briny Baird that kept Baird winless in 365 starts on the PGA Tour.
Kirk closed with a 4-under-par 66 for his second career victory. The 28-year-old had a 14-under 266 total and earned $990,000.
Kirk and Baird, 41, were tied for the lead playing the par-4 18th hole at Sea Island when Baird drove into a fairway bunker, the ball below his feet. He topped a 4-iron that went about 90 yards and into a hazard.
Kirk merely had to make a par for a one-shot decision over Baird (67), who had a bogey on the final hole, and Tim Clark (62).
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“I didn’t have a really good lie, but it was a doable shot,” Baird said after his sixth runner-up finish on Tour. “My foot just slipped. It was a doable shot, it really was. I didn’t do a good job.”
The victory sends Kirk to the Masters in Augusta, Ga., for the first time. He had been living at Sea Island for six years until moving to Atlanta a few months ago.
Baird, who has career earnings of $13.183 million, has talked about golf being more about making money than winning trophies.
“It’s not all about winning,” Baird said. “I’ve said that, but this hurts. This really does. This is very disappointing.”
Michael Putnam (67), who is from University Place, tied for 48th at even par and Kyle Stanley (72) of Gig Harbor tied for 55th place at 1 over.
Woods ties for 3rd in Turkey
ANTALAYA, Turkey – Victor Dubuisson of France closed with a 3-under 69 to win the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open for his first European Tour title, beating Jamie Donaldson (63) of Wales by two strokes.
American Tiger Woods (67), ranked No. 1 in the world, and Justin Rose (65) of England tied for third place, four strokes behind the winner. Woods is expected to take time off until the World Challenge on Dec. 5 in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Dubuisson, who started the day with a five-shot lead, finished at 24-under 264 after making three birdies in his last four holes.
Based on media reports, Woods received an appearance fee of $2.4 million to $3 million.
• Masters champion Adam Scott won the storm-delayed Australian PGA in his first home event since his Augusta National victory in April, beating American Rickie Fowler by four strokes.
Scott closed with a 4-under 67 at Royal Pines for a 14-under 270 total. Fowler closed with a 68.
• Teresa Lu of Taiwan had six birdies over the last eight holes and posted a two-stroke victory in the LPGA Mizuno Classic in Shima, Japan. It was the first pro title for Lu, 25, who shot an 8-under 64, finished at 14 under and earned $180,000. South Korean Chella Choi (66) was second.